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Intel processors promise high-speed graphics capability

Posted: 04 Jun 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? processor? data centre? 3D graphics? server?

Intel is targeting graphics-intensive markets for professional servers and consumer gamers when it uncloaked the latest versions of its 14nm pro-Xeon and consumer-Core processors. The devices incorporate high-speed graphics processors that claim to double the graphics performance of previous models at up to three-times the power consumption, indicated the company.

The five additional Xeon E3-1200 v4 models integrate Intel's own highest performing graphics processors, adding up to four P6300 Iris Pro graphics cores to the existing four Xeon E3 cores all on the same LGA chip for the first time, stated the company. Designed for remote workstations as well as data centres that run up to 4,300 simultaneous HD video streams per server rack (along with non-graphic applications) the Xeon E3-1200 processors require an Intel C226 chip to handle input/output tasks. The duo can do 3D graphics up to 80 per cent faster and transcodes, using Intel's Quick Sync Video technology, up to 40 per cent faster than previous v3 versions of the E3, the company noted. Power consumption for the quad-core chips ranges from 47W to 95W for clock speeds ranging from 1.8GHz to 3.4GHz.

Xeon E3-1200 processor

Intel's Xeon E3-1200 processor has integrated Pro (P6300) graphics for up to 40 per cent faster transcodes with power consumption ranging from 47W to 95W. (Source: Intel)

"Data centres everywhere are dealing with a flood of video traffic. This deluge is only going to grow in scope in the years to come. Consider numbers like these: Online video streaming viewership jumped by 60 per cent in 2014 alone, and video delivery has now become the number one source of Internet traffic, and by 2018 video traffic is set to comprise 80 per cent of the Internet's traffic," said Intel blogger, Jim Blakley.

The latest E3 v4 family also supports Intel's Graphics Virtualisation Technology (GVT-d) that can directly assign a processor's graphics capabilities to a single user to improve the quality of remote desktop applications.

Intel claims to already have customers signed up to use the latest Xeon Processor E3-1200 v4 processors when they become available soon, including Cisco, Hewett Packard (HP), iStreamPlanet, Kontron, Servers Direct, Supermicro, and Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT).

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